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Dec 5, 2012 7:00am EST
the united states coast guard. an important national security and safety agency that protects us. the day in and day out, 24/7. we are reminded of their sacrifices and today of our responsibility. to sung seed -- succeed at the many jobs that we assign the members of the coast guard, they must have the resources to -- on the water, docks to complete their important mission. this bill authorizes the coast guard for fiscal years 2013 and 2014. it's a total of $8.6 billion. of course when you talk about trillions and our federal budget and activities, it's a small amount for the more than 50,000 coast guard men and women and for the programs that they undertake again each day. one of the things we try to do is make the regulatory burden on fishermen more reasonable by extending some of the time they undergo to have dockside examinations. we serve in addition to again, national security purposes, and maritime safety, we also serve an important economic activity and that's the fishing community. this bill also looks towards helping others that we are responsible for in the maritime in
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